Israeli Attack on Orthodox Church in Gaza Kills 18+ people

It is "a war crime that cannot be ignored," according to the Jerusalem Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church...

Originally appeared at: RIA
October 20 – RIA Novosti. As a result of an Israeli airstrike on the Orthodox Church of St. Porphyry in the Gaza Strip, 18 people were killed, Skai TV channel reported , citing the rector of the temple, Archbishop Alexy of Tiberias.
Information about the destruction of the church as a result of bombing appeared yesterday evening. Its owner, the Jerusalem Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church, called the actions of the Israeli army “a war crime that cannot be ignored.”

Greek journalist Areti Athanasiou wrote on the social network X that under the ruins “there are countless dead, perhaps about 150 people.” According to her, four rockets were fired at the temple territory.

As Athanasiou noted, more than 400 people were seeking refuge there at the time of the explosion. Archbishop Alexy announced the same figure to the ERT-1 TV channel. According to him, the attack hit the offices and the entrance to the monastery.
The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the shelling. Deputy Director of the department of information and press Alexei Zaitsev said that Moscow does not accept attacks on civilian targets in Gaza.
The Russian Orthodox Church expressed condolences to the “brave clergy and parishioners of the attacked temple.”
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